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JINDRA BARTOVA
Janacek Academy of Performing Arts Faculty of Music, Brno, Czech Republic
Research interests: 20th-century Czech music, history of music criticism

Professor Jindra Bartova is professor of music and chair of the Music History Department at Janacek Academy of Performing Arts Faculty of Music in Brno. Author of two monographs on twentieth-century Czech composers Jan Kapr and Miloslav Istvan, Professor Bartova has also published a series of articles on contemporary Czech composers and on the history and general problems of music criticism in Czech musicological journals and magazines Hudebni veda, Opus Musicum, and Hudebni rozhledy. In addition, she has authored numerous entries in the Dictionary of Contemporary Czech Composers and in Komponisten der Gegenwart. She regularly writes music reviews for both musical periodicals and daily press. In 2007, Prof. Bartova was instrumental to the success of the world premiere of Kapralova's symphonic cantata Ilena, op. 15, a project of the Janacek Academy, which she coordinated. The initiative was initiated and financially assisted by the Kapralova Society.

MICHAEL BECKERMAN
Department of Music, New York University, United States
Research interests: Czech and Eastern European music; nationalism in music; film music

Michael Beckerman is professor of music and chair of the Music Department at New York University. He has written several books on Czech composers, including, Dvorak and His World (Princeton University Press, 1993), Janacek as Theorist (Pendragon Press, 1994), New Worlds of Dvorak (Norton, 2003), Janacek and His World (Princeton, 2003) and Martinuís Mysterious Accident (Pendragon, 2007). He is at present working on a book and documentary about Gideon Klein. He writes frequently for the New York Times and has appeared numerous times on Live from Lincoln Center. A recipient of the Janacek Medal from the Czech Ministry of Culture, he is a laureate of the Czech Music Council. He has also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award several times for his work on Dvorak. He is also Director of Research for the OREL Foundation, an organization devoted to twentieth-century composers whose music was banned during the years of Nazi oppression in Europe: nineteen men and one woman - Vitezslava Kapralova.

TIMOTHY CHEEK
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Research interests: Czech vocal and chamber music

Timothy Cheek joined the faculty of the Michigan School of Music in 1994, following his studies at Oberlin, the University of Texas at Austin, and Michigan. He served opera internships at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, and at the National Theatre in Prague. His performances as a collaborative pianist have taken him to twelve countries. Timothy Cheek has held several grants, including an Olivetti Foundation grant to perform in Italy, a Fulbright award, and an IREX grant to conduct research in the Czech Republic which led to his book Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire (Scarecrow Press, 2011), now in its second, revised edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Timothy Cheek is an ardent promoter of Kapralova's music. In 2003, he was instrumental in the premiere release of Kapralova's art songs by Supraphon, and in 2005 he edited a complete, critical edition of the songs for Amos Editio. Both projects were financially assisted by the Kapralova Society.

ERIK ENTWISTLE
Musicologist, piano teacher. Florida, United States
Research interests: 19th- and 20th-century Czech music

Erik Entwistle holds a PhD. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, and also taught for six years at Harvard University. Dr. Entwistle has devoted much of his performing and scholarly career to the music of Czech composers. He also released two recordings of solo piano and chamber music by Martinu on the Summit Records label. His writings on Martinu, Weinberger and Janacek have been featured in The New York Times, Opera Quarterly, European Piano Teachersí Association Journal, and in Martinuís Mysterious Accident, a collection of essays edited by Michael Beckerman. He co-edited (with Karla Hartl) The Kapralova Companion, a book of essays devoted to Vitezslava Kapralova, which was published in 2011 by Lexington Books (imprint of Rowman & Littlefield).

EUGENE GATES
The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada
Research interests: women composers, historical performance practice, history of opera

Eugene Gates holds a B.A. in music (Acadia University), an M.A. in music criticism (Mc Master University), and an Ed.D. in aesthetics of music (University of Toronto). He is a retired faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he taught piano, organ, music history and music appreciation. Until recently, he was also organist and choirmaster of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Toronto and was active as an accompanist, adjudicator, examiner, and clinician. His doctoral dissertation was on nineteenth-century women composers, and his articles on women composers and other musical subjects have appeared in the Journal of Aesthetic Education, Canadian Music Educator, Journal of the American Liszt Society, Music Educators Journal, Tempo, VivaVoce, Czech Music, University of Toronto Quarterly, and Kapralova Society Journal, which he co-edits with Karla Hartl. Eugene Gates is also a member of the board of the Kapralova Society.

JUDITH MABARY
University of Missouri-Columbia, United States
Research interests: Czech music (19th-20th centuries), particularly Dvorak, Fibich, and Martinu; melodrama as a genre; and Native American music and culture as it impacts the Western musical tradition

Judith Mabary received her doctoral degree in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Her dissertation was on Redefining Melodrama: The Czech Response to Music and Word, researched with the help of an IREX grant. Mabary teaches music history, music appreciation, and world music at the University of Missouri. The results of her research have appeared in publications of Cambridge University Press, Pendragon Press, Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), the Dvorak Society, the International Martinu Society, the Kapralova Society, as well as in the proceedings of various professional conferences where she has presented papers. She has also contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Judith Mabary has also served in several professional societies, including as president and secretary of the Czech and Slovak Music Society and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bohuslav Martinu Society.

ODALINE DE LA MARTINEZ
Composer and conductor. London, United Kingdom
Special interest: Women composers, Latin American composers

Cuban-born, American-raised Odaline de la Martinez pursues a busy international career performing a great variety of repertoire ranging from Mozart symphonies to the latest of contemporary music. Brought up and educated in the USA, she settled in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Later she became founder and music director of the contemporary ensemble Lontano, of the London Chamber Symphony and, in 1990, the European Women's Orchestra. In 1992 she founded her own record label, LORELT, which concentrates on areas neglected by many recording companies, including women's music. Her 1994 performance of Ethel Smyth's opera The Wreckers, recorded for Conifer Classics, remains unsurpassed. She is also known as a broadcaster for BBC Radio and Television.

JAN SMACZNY
Queen's University School of Music, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Research interests: Czech music (18th-20th centuries), music of the French Baroque

Jan Smaczny has written a large range of articles on many aspects of Czech music. Among his publications is a catalogue of repertoire for the Prague Provisional Theatre (1994), a guide to the Czech Symphony (Oxford Press, 1995), articles on the operas of Dvorak and Martinu (for the New Grove Dictionary of Opera), a book on Dvorak's cello concerto (Cambridge Press, 1999) and a study of the life and music of Dvorak (Oxford, 2000). Professor Smaczny was educated at the University of Oxford and the Charles University, Prague. Since 1996 he has been the Hamilton Harty Professor of Music at Queen's University, Belfast. A frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 3 and 4, he regularly writes reviews for the BBC Music Magazine, Opera Magazine and The Independent.

MILOS STEDRON
Masaryk University Faculty of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic
Research interests: 20th-century music, music of the Renaissance and Baroque

Milos Stedron is a retired faculty member and former Vice-Dean of Research at the Masaryk University Faculty of Arts in Brno. He is one of the best known composers of stage and film music in the Czech Republic and author of a series of monographs, including one on Janacek. Professor Stedron has been involved in the critical edition of the complete works of Janacek and his name is also closely associated with the performance of some of Janacek's incomplete compositions (The Danube Symphony, the Pilgrimage of the Soul Violin Concerto and others) which he reconstructed and prepared for performance with Leos Faltus of the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts. In 2000, professor Stedron together with professor Faltus completed the orchestration of Kapralova's Concertino for violin, clarinet and orchestra, op. 21, published by Baerenreiter (Praha) in 2003.

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